The Water We Drink: Small Community Outreach Campaign, which offers information about maintaining safe, sustainable, and secure water supplies in small and rural communities, has several articles written especially for those who oversee local water and wastewater services. The articles may be downloaded at no charge and used for educational purposes, such as reprinting in newsletters and magazines, training sessions, and websites.
The Water We Drink website (www.nesc.wvu.edu/waterwedrink) is a joint effort by the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and the National Environmental Services Center (NESC), located at West Virginia University, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The two latest articles are:
“Making Sure It All Adds Up: Financial Accounting for Small Water and Wastewater Systems” describes the importance of sound financial accounting practices for managing and maintaining water and wastewater systems, and offers 10 recommendations for improving your financial management approach.
“Communities, Water Sources and Potential Impacts of Shale Gas Development” describes the challenges a community may encounter as a result of shale gas development and offers suggestions for protecting your community and water sources from potential negative impacts.
Additional articles and educational products addressing a wide variety of water issues—such as source water protection, capital improvements planning, setting water and sewer rates, pharmaceuticals and personal care products in our waters, impending labor shortages, water and energy, and aging infrastructure—are also available on the website.
NESC encourages you use the materials and to complete The Water We Drink’s new online survey to let us know how you’re using them at http://www.nesc.wvu.edu/waterwedrink/. The Water We Drink project strives to raise awareness about crucial water issues and solutions, and invites everyone to use the articles and resources to support or complement state and local efforts.
For more information, contact Sandra Fallon at NESC (304) 293-6897 or sfallon at mail.wvu.edu.